James Scoville is a corporate partner whose practice focuses on securities matters and capital markets transactions. He advises both issuers and underwriters in U.S.-registered and global offerings, with particular experience working on listings on the London Stock Exchange and U.S. exchanges by Russian, Chinese and other emerging market companies, as well as representing insurance companies and underwriters in insurance company securities offerings.

Mr. Scoville is recommended in The Legal 500 UK (2020) for his insurance-related work and for his work in emerging markets. He is also ranked by Chambers Global (2019) as a leading individual for capital markets work in Russia, with the guide previously noting that he is a “pragmatic” and “detailed-oriented” lawyer. IFLR1000 (2020) recommends Mr. Scoville for Capital Markets: Debt and M&A. He is also recognised as a leading individual for Capital Markets: Russia by Chambers Europe (2019), which states that “he is very responsive to questions and he anticipates where he thinks the company could use support" The guide has previously described him as “a hard-working, smart and result-oriented guy,” noting “when you need a pragmatic view, he takes it.” His work on China Life has earned him the plaudit of “Dealmaker of the Year” from The American Lawyer.

Mr. Scoville is the author of a number of articles. Recent publications include “Getting the Deal Through: Insurance & Reinsurance in the UK,” Getting the Deal Through (July, 2019); “Debevoise Discusses When to Disclose a European Deal,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (May, 2019); the UK chapter in “Insurance & Reinsurance Practice Guide,” Chambers & Partners (January, 2019); “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses FCA’s Reforms To UK’s IPO Process,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (November, 2017); “Africa Insurance M&A: Global Insurers’ Next Frontier,” Legal & Regulatory Bulletin (Fall Edition, 2017); “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses EU’s Approach To Financial Services “Equivalence” Decisions,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (March, 2017); “Brexit For Re/Insurers: One Month On,” CEE Legal Matters (September, 2016); “Development of International Regulatory Capital Standards Continues,” Insurance Day (September, 2015); “Up To 49 Percent Foreign Ownership Of Indian Insurers Is Now Law,” FC&S Legal (May, 2015): and “The EU Solvency II Regime For Insurers: An Update On Implementation,” FC&S Legal (May, 2015).

Mr. Scoville’s recent speaking engagements include “U.S. Public Markets and the Potential Lessons They Hold for Europe,” 2017 Global Capital Markets Conference (December, 2017); “Russia & CIS IPO Revival? Outlook for 2018,” Annual Russia and CIS Capital Markets Conference (November, 2017); “IPO Preparation and Corporate Governance,” LSEG Capital Markets Conference (July, 2017); “UK and European Insurance Regulatory Developments,” PLI Webinar (February, 2017); “Executing Capital Markets Deals Across the U.S. and Europe – Practical Pointers and Market Trends,” Sixteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of US Law on EU Practice (January, 2017); “EU: Solvency II and Implications for Private Investment Funds,” SAM Roundtables (October, 2016); “New Investment Opportunities in EU Bank Assets Arising from an Evolving Regulatory Landscape,” BVCA Summit – Breakfast Roundtable (October, 2016); “Taking Stock -- Brexit, and what we have learned so far,” Global Reinsurance Webinar (September, 2016); “Key Issues in the Business and Regulation of Financial Services,” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (September, 2016); and “South Africa's New Solvency Assessment and Management (SAM) and the Impact on Investment Funds: The Experience from Solvency II,” SAM Roundtable (September, 2016).

Mr. Scoville served as Managing Partner for Debevoise’s London office from 2005 to 2013. He received his A.B. cum laude from Dartmouth in 1983 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Education

  • Dartmouth College, 1983, A.B.
  • University of Chicago Law School, 1987, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • New York